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Prison Sterilization Probe

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State lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the sterilization of female inmates at California prisons.

Although prison officials say the women consented to the surgeries, the procedures occurred without the consent of the state and some inmates say they were pressured into the sterilizations.

In addition, another 100 inmates may have received tubal ligations, despite a state ban. A spokeswoman for the federal receiver who oversees the health care at California prisons says the doctors who performed the surgeries are no longer employed by the corrections department.

Our investigative producer Heidi Cuda has this report.

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